Six Important Winter Propane Safety Tips
January 18, 2017
Written By Adam Buckallew
Winter storms can sometimes cause power outages, pipes to burst and other problems in your home. Make sure you’re prepared to handle any upcoming storms by reviewing our winter propane safety tips.
- Maintain an adequate supply in your tank. Winter storms can hinder propane deliveries, so it’s a good idea to make sure you have enough propane to keep your home warm. MFA Oil recommends that you call for a delivery when your tank is between 20% and 40% full, or at least 5 business days before you would like to receive delivery.
- Use energy wisely. Winter storms and the resulting inaccessible roads may make propane deliveries impossible for several days. Use energy conservatively by setting your programmable thermostat to as low as is comfortable — possibly a few degrees cooler at night and when nobody is home. Close off any rooms that don’t need to be heated.
- Never use a stove or bring your gas grill indoors for space heating, even during a power outage. Only use appliances indoors that are designed and approved for that purpose. Never store, place, or use a propane cylinder indoors or in enclosed areas. Never use outdoor propane-powered appliances indoors or in enclosed areas. Without proper ventilation, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) fumes produced can build up.
- Operate portable generators with caution. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. Doing so can result in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning or death.
- Regularly check your flue pipes, vent connectors and propane tank and lines for damage, blockage or debris. If you need to remove snow or ice, use a broom rather than a shovel to clear these areas so you avoid causing damage.
- If you smell gas, take the right steps. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cellphones. Get everyone away from the home or area where you suspect gas is leaking. If safe to do so, close or shut off the main gas supply valve by turning it to the right (clockwise). Call MFA Oil immediately from a safe place to report the leak. If you cannot reach MFA Oil, call 911. Do not return to the area until MFA Oil, an emergency responder, or a qualified service technician gives the OK.
Following these steps can help you and your family stay safe all season long.